Soviet Union Events

Ivory Towers and Palace Guards: The Disconnect between Outside Expertise and Policymaking

May 12, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
How does advice and information from outside experts and scholars reach top policymakers—or does it? Terms like “echo chamber” and “information bubble” are often employed to describe an environment where it is difficult for outside information to penetrate or influence the policy process. Author and consultant Suzanne Massie will share the inside story of her interactions with Ronald Reagan and how she provided him with an outside voice at a vital time. Reagan turned to Massie for her advice on understanding and dealing with Russians, and carried her suggestions — including the now famous Russian proverb, “trust but verify” — into his meetings with the new Russian leader, Mikhail Gorbachev.
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Reagan at Reykjavik: Forty-Eight Hours that Ended the Cold War

May 08, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
In Reagan at Reykjavik: Forty-Eight Hours That Ended the Cold War, former arms control director Ken Adelman, gives readers a dramatic, first-hand account of the Reagan-Gorbachev summit -- the weekend that proved key to ending the Cold War. Based on now-declassified notes of Reagan’s secret bargaining with Gorbachev, and a front-row seat to Reykjavik and other key moments in Reagan’s presidency, Adelman gives an honest portrayal of the man at one of his finest and most challenging moments.

Russia in East Asia: History, Migration, and Contemporary Policy

May 05, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Kennan Institute
This talk explores Russia’s ties with East Asia through the lens of migration and policy. Russia spans the Eurasian continent, yet its historic and present connections with East Asia are often forgotten. At the turn of the 20th century, thousands of Asian migrants arrived in the Russian Far East, spurring fears of a “yellow peril.” A century later, the recent influx of new Asian migrants to Russia has generated similar sentiments. The talk discusses Asian migration in the context of cross-regional attempts to strengthen trade ties and diplomatic relations in the 21st century.

An Unwanted Visionary: Gorbachev's Unrealized Ambitions and the Soviets' Retreat from Asia

March 31, 2014 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Radchenko will offer a fresh interpretation of Mikhail Gorbachev’s foreign policy by showing how the Soviet leader tried to reshape the international order through engagement with China and India, and why his vision for a Soviet-led Asia ultimately failed. Relying on newly declassified records from Russian, Chinese and other archives, he will discuss lost opportunities and recount painful legacies of Soviet retrenchment from Asia.

Cancelled--Then and Now

March 03, 2014 // 4:00pm5:00pm
Kennan Institute
To the inclement weather, this event has been cancelled. Join us for a presentation by former Kennan Institute scholar and Russian novelist, Vladimir Voinovich. Voinovich will discuss his time researching in the United States during the period of perestroika and events in Russia today from his unique perspective. A discussion period will follow his remarks. Attendees are invited to a reception immediately following the event.
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Social and Political Issues in Today’s Russian Theater

January 29, 2014 // 6:00pm8:00pm
Kennan Institute
Edmita Bulota Lecture Series on Soviet and Post-Soviet Theatrical Arts. This lecture is devoted to important social problems and current political trends of contemporary Russia and their reflection in the modern Russian Theater. The talk addresses not only some of the most significant theater performances in Moscow, but also the professional, human and psychological atmosphere among the leading Russian theater creators and theater managers.

Assessing Warsaw Pact Military Forces: The Role of CIA Clandestine Reporting

January 16, 2014 // 10:00am12:00pm
Cold War International History Project
"Assessing Warsaw Pact Military Forces: The Role of CIA Clandestine Reporting" examines the role of intelligence derived from clandestine human and technical sources in the Central Intelligence Agency’s analyses of Warsaw Pact military capabilities for war in Europe from 1955 to 1985.
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Cultural Impact of Isadora Duncan in the USA and Russia: Past and Present Studies

June 21, 2013 // 10:00am11:00am
Kennan Institute
This presentation showed the evolution of Duncan studies in the United States and Russia during the last century and revealed political factors which impeded the research of this outstanding personality and her work.
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Islam in Eurasia Policy Conference

June 06, 2013 // 2:00pmJune 07, 2013 // 5:15pm
Kennan Institute
The Islam in Eurasia Policy Conference combined the latest scholarship and informed discussion of the critical issues facing the U.S. Government in this key part of the world as 2014 approaches. It was the culminating event of a multiyear research project supported by Carnegie Corporation.
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Communism on Tomorrow Street: Mass Housing and Everyday Life after Stalin

May 20, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Kennan Institute
This book examines how, beginning under Khrushchev in 1953, a generation of Soviet citizens moved from the overcrowded communal dwellings of the Stalin era to modern single-family apartments, later dubbed khrushchevka. Arguing that moving to a separate apartment allowed ordinary urban dwellers to experience Khrushchev’s thaw, Steven E. Harris fundamentally shifts interpretation of the thaw, conventionally understood as an elite phenomenon.

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